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Agricultural Surfactants Market: Information by Type (Non-Ionic, Anionic, Cationic), Application, and Substrate Type (Synthetic and Bio-Based) and Regional Outlook - Forecast Till 2026

Forecast Period : 2018-2026
Base Year : 2018
Leading Market Segments : Non-Ionic Segment
Value in 2018 : $1.42 Billion
Research covered : 100+ Countries
CAGR : 6.51%
Values In Billion



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Global Statistics Representing Agricultural Surfactants Market Scenario

Agrochemicals encompass a range of crop protection formulations that utilize highly active surfactants or agents essential for the long-term maintenance of the physical stability of crops. Agricultural surfactants help enhance the biological performance of agrochemical products by facilitating adherence to the targeted surface.

The global agricultural surfactants market is projected to witness significant growth, owing to the surging adoption of precision farming techniques, including yield monitoring, yield mapping, weed mapping, topography & boundaries, variable spraying, and others, which make farm planning easy and efficient. Shrinking arable land and increasing willingness of farmers to spend more for higher productivity is among the key factors accelerating the demand for agricultural surfactants. Furthermore, increasing consumer awareness regarding surfactants has raised quality benchmarks and awareness, which is augmenting market share. Mass market penetration is paving way for the introduction of new products and developments across various regions.

Market Trends in Agricultural Surfactants

The global agricultural surfactants market was valued at USD 1.42 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach USD 2.35 billion by 2026 with an anticipated CAGR of 6.51% during the forecast period, 2019–2026.

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  • Product Manufacturers
  • Traders and Distributors
  • Raw Material Suppliers
  • Potential Investors
  • Market Research and Consultants

Segmental Insights

The global agricultural surfactants market can be segmented by type, application, and substrate type.

On the basis of type, the market can be segmented into non-ionic, anionic, cationic, and amphoteric. The non-ionic segment is expected to hold the largest share and witness significant demand in the global agricultural surfactants market, owing to the widespread consumption of these surfactants in herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides due to their good wetting and spreading characteristics.

Based on application, the agricultural surfactants market can be segmented into herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and others. The herbicides segment is projected to account for the largest share of the agricultural surfactants market, owing to the large-scale use of agricultural surfactants in herbicide formulations to improve the properties of herbicide liquids, including dispersing, spreading, wetting, retention, penetration, and surface modifying properties.

On the basis of substrate type, the market can be segmented into synthetic and bio-based. The synthetic segment is anticipated to hold the largest market share, owing to the high consumption of herbicides and fungicides containing surfactants. Bio-based agricultural surfactants are expected to observe considerable growth due to the growing preference for eco-friendly alternatives and increasing number of supportive regulations in developed regions such as North America and Europe.

Regional Analysis

Geographically, the agricultural surfactants market has been segmented into Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).

The Asia Pacific agricultural surfactants market is expected to witness healthy growth during the forecast period, owing to the increasing demand for food with rising population, development in farming techniques such as precision farming, and increasing awareness regarding the use of chemicals in agriculture. Agriculture is a key sector in India, owing to the presence of vast arable lands, which augments the country’s fertilizer industry. The increasing demand for quality and efficient products has compelled farmers to spend on farming surfactants to enhance yield. Government initiatives promoting agriculture are expected to further surge the demand for agricultural surfactants. For instance, the Indian government’s Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI) scheme is expected to propel the consumption of agricultural surfactants in the country.

After Asia Pacific, North America accounts for a significant share of the agricultural surfactants market, backed by the region’s sizable agriculture sector. The growing demand for grains drives the need to improve the productivity of the existing farmland, which in turn can be accomplished with the use of agricultural surfactants. The key driver for market growth is the fact that enhancing the productivity of existing farmland, as opposed to bringing new land into production, doesn’t add to greenhouse gas emissions and prevents the large scale disruption of existing ecosystems.

The agricultural surfactants market is expected to observe progressive growth in Europe, owing to the increasing consumer demand for quality products and strong norms pertaining to farming methods, supply chain, prevention of contamination by pesticides, certification procedures, and consumer health.

The MEA market is expected to register steady growth in the agricultural surfactants market as the region has a shortage of arable land due to geographical factors. The Latin America agricultural surfactants market is projected to grow at an exponential rate in coming years, owing to the growth of personal care and home care industries in the region. Attributing to the increasing demand for bio-based products, growing need for sustainable solutions and changes in regulatory framework, the demand for surfactants has increased significantly in various segments of the chemical industry.

Key Players

Some of the noteworthy players in the market are Dow DuPont (U.S.), BASF SE (Germany), Evonik (Germany), Huntsman Corporation (U.S.), Clariant (Switzerland), Helena Chemical Company (U.S.), Stepan Company (U.S.), Croda International (U.K.), Nufarm (Australia), and Wilbur-Ellis Company (U.S.).

Agricultural Surfactants Market Segmentation

  • By Type
    • Non-Ionic
    • Anionic
    • Cationic
    • Amphoteric
  • By Application
    • Herbicides
    • Fungicides
    • Insecticides
    • Others
  • By Substrate
    • Synthetic
    • Bio-based
  • By Region
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • U.K.
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • India
      • China
      • South Korea
      • Australia
      • Rest of Asia-Pacific
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Colombia
      • Rest of Latin America
    • MEA
      • Saudi Arabia
      • South Africa
      • Kuwait
      • Rest of MEA

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